ABC, renowned for its blatant pro-Bush and anti-Kerry propaganda during the last election, including its link to the Sinclair Broadcasting group, those radical conservatives behind the Speed-Boat smear, is up to similar tricks with a perfectly-timed, patently bogus "docudrama" on the 9/11 tragedy.
Perhaps ABC/Disney thinks they can sell a 9/11 Fantasia because creating ‘fantasyland’ is ALL the Bush administration does day in and day out.
ABC has caused a bit of an uproar over its decision to air a docudrama called "The Path to 9/11," giving the film six hours of prime time the evenings of September 10 and 11. The project is little more than a conservative fantasy, in which the Clinton administration is to blame for the 9/11 attacks, and the Bush gang has always been serious about counter-terrorism and the true heroes. ABC is billing the program as "an objective telling of the events of 9/11," which uses the official 9/11 Commission report as a guide. All available evidence suggests the docudrama to be perfectly cobbled propaganda. Greetings from Goebbels and Stalinist Russia.
“The Path to 9/11” – ABC’s miniseries was written by Rush Limbaugh’s friend Cyrus Nowrasteh. Those having previewed the miniseries (even many Republicans), which ABC erroneously claims is based on the 9/11 Commission Report, insist that it would give millions of Americans the impression that legal protections for civil liberties and liberal politicians were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That message isn’t just wrong, it’s the linchpin of Karl Rove’s strategy for winning the mid-term election.
ABC has already decided to make tiny edits under pressure, but that’s not enough. I urge you to call ABC parent company Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger, using this automated tool, and voice your opinion.
“The Path to 9/11” is frightening not only because of its politically motivated errors and fabrications, in short lies, but also because of the insidious message it sends about how the Constitution supposedly got in the way of preventing the attacks on 9/11.
Specifically, the “docudrama” reportedly portrays Clinton administration officials reining in CIA operatives ready to strike Osama bin Laden because those officials are hog-tied by legal restraints. That is entirely fabricated by the author and its implication is that 9/11 was made possible by weak people following outmoded laws. The corollary is an endorsement of the Bush administration’s legislative and PR effort to scare the nation and Congress into rewriting and severely restricting our freedoms and legal standards.
Further facts about the docu-lies:
* Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism czar, is helping set the record straight and correcting fabricated stories included in the movie.
* ABC has ended its online discussion of the film by yanking the blog it created for the project.
* A number of high-profile conservative bloggers received preview copies of "The Path to 9/11" last week, which seems like an odd step for ABC to take if the docudrama is supposed to be an "objective telling" of the events.
* According to Variety, ABC, which is now airing the movie without commercial interruptions, is "sending 100,000 high school educators a letter from 9/11 Commission co-chair Tom Kean informing them of the various platforms on which the mini is available. ABC and Scholastic have pacted to produce an online study guide."
Also note, the website ThinkProgress, which has done a tremendous job taking the lead on this, has created a page that allows readers to share their concerns with ABC directly.